Dates: 10/5-8 (FRI-MON)
Location: ROCK POND / NORTHERN PHARAOH LAKE WILDERNESS CAMPING TRIP – Adirondack Park (New York).
Join us for a 4-day/3 night fall foliage mini-vacation over Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend (Columbus Day weekend) as we return to the magnificent Pharaoh Lake Wilderness in the mountains of the southeastern Adirondacks, which has scenery as wild and lovely as any
location in the Northeast. We'll be hiking in 4-5 mostly-easy but hilly miles to camp near
Rock Pond, a scenic mountain lake with slabs of rock hat slope into the water and offer
perfect swim spots, and there’s a trail that completely encircles the lake. Easy to moderate
hiking options here include trips to several other lakes and an 830-foot climb of Treadway Mountain (2,240 ft.) for some impressive panoramic views. As always, other options include swimming and spending one or more days relaxing at the lake. This is fall foliage time in the Adirondacks, and the colors are often splendid here at this time in October. It will also be
our final camping trip of the year. Departure will be Friday morning (early morning for those traveling with us from NYC, and late morning for those meeting us in the park) and we’ll be
leaving the park by mid-day Monday (the Indigenous Peoples' Day/Columbus Day holiday).
We still have room available on this trip. Calls or e-mails to check on space are welcome up
to the time of the trip. [If you need to cancel or miss a trip for any reason, cash refunds are
not available and credit for future trips is available only if you cancel far enough in advance
for your space to be filled]. Transportation from NYC is available at no extra cost for those
who need it (or you may meet us in the Adirondack Park). Fee for members: $450 (Member-
driver with car who can take passengers from Manhattan: $225). Non-members: $550
(Non-member driver with car who can take passengers from Manhattan: $325).
Date: 10/13 (SAT)
Location: BLACK ROCK - Black Rock Forest (New York).
Level: EASY-MODERATE HIKE (7 miles)
Today we'll be exploring the scenic trails in the northwestern part of Black Rock Forest, less than 60 miles north of NYC -- and also hiking to Black Rock, where there's a terrific view of the Hudson Valley and Hudson River. Terrain is very hilly and while there are no major climbs today, there will be several short, steep, and rocky ascents and descents.
Date: 10/14 (SUN)
Location: MT. EVERETT -- Mt. Everett Reservation (Massachusetts).
Level: MODERATE-STRENUOUS HIKE (10 miles)
Today we'll be returning to the wild and splendid Taconic Mountains near the MA/CT border, and climbing 1,800 feet, steeply at times, to the top of Mt. Everett (2,602 ft.), where there are wonderful views -- along with other ups and downs. The majority of the hike is on a scenic stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Recommended for experienced and especially fit hikers who are able to maintain a relatively fast pace.
Date: 10/20 (SAT)
Location: STERLING FOREST - Sterling Forest State Park (New York / New Jersey).
Level: MODERATE HIKE (9-10 miles)
Established in 1998, this 18,000-acre state park protects a wild and lovely mountain area that had been slated for development. An important bridge over a river was washed away by Hurricane Irene in 2011 and was only recently replaced, so this is the first time we've been able to offer this hike in 8 years. After a fairly steep 700-foot trail-climb we'll follow a route along Sterling Ridge, which offers several wonderful vistas. Along with easy stretches there are short but steep climbs to rocky knobs.
Date: 10/21 (SUN)
Location: LAUREL POND - Wawayanda State Park (New Jersey).
Level: EASY HIKE (5-6 miles)
One of NJ's lesser-known parks, 18,000-acre Wawayanda State Park is a tract of mostly wild and unspoiled forest, including areas thick with rhododendron and cedar, featuring 255-acre Wawayanda Lake. Our hike will include a stop at beautiful Laurel Pond. It's easy but hilly walking with a few rough spots.
Date: 10/27 (SAT)
Location: LAKE HOPEWELL / HUNTINGTON STATE PARK (Connecticut).
Level: EASY HIKE (5-6 miles)
Huntington State Park is a lovely 1,017-acre tract of wild forest in southwest Connecticut. Along with a feeling of remoteness there are several attractive lakes, including large and beautiful Lake Hopewell. The hiking here is easier than on most of our easy hikes, with just a few hills.
Date: 10/28 (SUN)
Location: HUBBARD-PERKINS CONSERVATION AREA - Fahnestock State Park (New York).
Level: MODERATE HIKE (12 miles)
Consisting of several thousand acres of land that are now part of Fahnestock State Park, this wild area features dense forest, small mountains with great views, a lake, two ponds, and a 22-mile network of hiking trails. There will be many ups and downs today, a couple of them on the steep side, and also some long, easy stretches of trail.